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Thread #170807   Message #4153134
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
20-Sep-22 - 11:03 AM
Thread Name: FITNESS & Declutter 2022 - Pandemic redux
Subject: RE: FITNESS & Declutter 2022 - Pandemic redux
155 today. This is what I always considered my top weight when I was in my normal range. My target now is 150, though in summers when I was running around a lot as a fire fighter, etc., I probably got down to 145. Never having a scale around at the time, I don't know for sure. When I reach 152 I will have lost 40 pounds. ~ One-fifth of my body weight from last spring. A year ago in the spring I was in the 180s, so my weight even in the heavy times fluctuated; now, my goal is to keep better track of it.

I went for long periods of time not stepping on the scale as if the scale was the enemy, but the data points over the last six months show a steady loss - even during the recovery period after knee surgery, when I was trying to keep my eating to a higher protein content and stay at 1200/day for a few weeks. The programs that use psychology aren't helpful for me - I tried one through my work, paid for with our insurance, and dropped it after a couple of weeks. They went through a series of exercises to try to teach me that my brain would enjoy tiny bites just as much as regular-size bites, and if I took 20 minutes to eat a portion of a meal I'd be doing myself a favor. I'd be wasting a lot of time is what I'd be doing, and look like a fool if I tried it in public. It works for some. I just had to get into a zone where I could tolerate the smaller portions over the course of a day and get enough exercise to burn calories at the same time. And on my eating days of 1200 calories I regularly enjoy a pasta dish or slice of pizza, so I'm not feeling deprived of favorite foods. I read enough mysteries (Lawrence Block has a lot of alcoholic detectives who are in AA) that this takes a page from how he presents alcoholics anonymous - I won't eat a lot of calories today. (The difference is that tomorrow I can have that slice and look forward to it.)

What is Dorothy up to?